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Tools and Equipment of Science

Author(s): Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CDE
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Discoveries and Inventions

Begin by asking students to name examples in which one discovery or invention enabled others to be made. You may want to prompt them with questions such as the following.

What do you think came first, widespread use of books to communicate knowledge or the printing press? What is the relationship between telescopes and the outermost planets of our solar system?

Try to use prompts that are appropriate to your students’ age range and knowledge level, while also referring to inventions that are relevant to their everyday lives. Discuss students’ ideas and input, making sure they understand how one invention or discovery can open the door to several others.